If you love nature, then camping is one of the best ways for you to enjoy its view. But camping will not be cheerful unless you keep hammock with you. The hammock is one of the best friends for many campaigners. Many of the campaigners face a common problem with hammock during the camping. That is, sometimes the straps of the hammock snap or break.
However, you can solve this problem immediately by making your hammock strap. In this article, I am going to show how you can make a hammock strap.
Why do you Need Hammock Straps?
The hammock strap is also known as tree huggers because ultimately it helps the hammock to hang with the trees. The straps are tied up with the tree to hang the hammock.
Side Note: Without the right size and length of the strap you will be in trouble during camping. Moreover, the hammock straps need to be strong enough so that it can hold the weight reliably.
Different types of strap style :
There are two types of hammock strap. I will discuss them below:
No Sew Straps:
No-sew strap allows you to use this without the need for sewing. You need to buy the strap, cut it to the proper size and burn it to seal the ends. Then you need to knot in overhand style in one end. In this way, you will be able to pass the other end through the loop.
Hanging a hammock using sewn straps is a different procedure that the no-sew straps. This method is a little bit complicated but much more elegant way to create sturdy tree straps.
Sewn strap method involves cutting the straps in proper length. Then sew the strap to seal the ends. I will discuss this method in details in the next part.
DIY Hammock Straps
Make Hammock Straps using Paracord
To make straps for hammock using paracord, you will need the following materials:
- 3 ft long and 1 inch wide two polyester straps
- One paracord of 11-12 ft
- One Scissors
- One Lighter
- Two carabiners
- If you are ready with the elements, then follow the steps below to make your hammock’s strap.
First, you need to cut the strap in the desired size. You can reduce the strap of your choice. However, make sure it is at least 2 ft long. Otherwise, there will be little room for the strap to tie with the carabiners. Pinch it together and then broil the two ends so that it can’t fray again.
You need to double the paracord to make it stronger. Cut the doubled paracord to your desired length.
Additionally, it is a good idea to slide the paracord through the strap to make it stable. After finishing the slide, chose the loose end and tie a speed knot together.
Tie several knots at the end of the cord to finish the process. Knotting at the end will ensure it more secured.
DIY Webbing Hammock Straps
You can use webbing hammock strap when your main concern is about weight saving. As this method uses nylon webbing, it takes minimal space in your backpack as well as its weight is not so much. Moreover, this method is more efficient than the previous one.
What you need:
- 5 ft lengths two of 1-inch tubular nylon webbing (you can change the range as per your need).
- Heavy thread and sewing machine (the total weight would be ~2 oz).
Take an end of the nylon webbing and then fold the strap over the keeping three inches gap from the other end and make a loop.
Now, on the inner side of the folded area, sew a patterned box. Make sure of the leftover open loop can slide through the other end of the webbing.
Repeat the previous process for the other three ends.
It’s time to hang the hammock on the tree. Wrap the strap’s each length around the tree you want to hang the hammock and then slide one end throughout the loop to the other one. And then pull the end of the webbing to make it tight.
Let’s Watch a Video About DIY Hammock Straps :
Factors to consider
Here are some of the things that you need to keep in mind to be safe and get most of your hammock:
- The distance between the two ends
- The height of the fixing points, where the rope, the straps or the anchors are placed.
- The length between the ends of the hammock
- The height above the ground (think of it as the height of the chair)
Another important factor related to safety that you have to take into account. That is the amount of force that you apply to the anchor points and the suspension when lying on the hammock. It is especially important when you hang it from a wall or a ceiling.
It is the combination of two factors that include the weight and angle of your suspension, that is, the angle between the rope and point of attachment.
As the tenser is left on the hammock, the higher forces at the suspension points and anchoring.
That is why I recommend not straining it too much; you have to let it hang “loose.” An approximate angle of 30 degrees is ideal.
You need to get the best straps to get the most of your hammock. For this reason, you have to make sure that the materials used in the straps are best in quality in the market. Only this way you will get the best of your hammock.
Most of the people want to make hammock at home because they can do it very easily at home. Moreover, it does not cost too much by doing this. Sometimes it is even cheaper than buying online.
By following the guide above, you will be able to make your hammock strap at home. The hammock will always be prepared to use and you will get the most of the comfort when you will be a master the method of making hammock straps at home.